Rustling leaves…howling wind…brrrr. Fall officially started on September 22 this year so if you’ve been dragging your feet since Summer ended and Fall began, it’s time to hit the reset button. What does that mean? It means that it’s time to embrace the change of season and get organized for it!
1. Sort through your coat closet. Make sure you have at least one or two good – no holes, still fits, not stained – hat/gloves/scarf set. Check now so you’re not left out in the cold (pun intended!) later. Dump mismatched, worn out or tired looking items. Buy yourself some new pieces to help perk up your outerwear wardrobe and enliven those grey days yet to come. Get rid of everything you no longer like, wear or fit into. Only keep what you wear and love.
2. Clean out the garage. Wouldn’t it be nice if your car could fit in your garage before the snow flies? Well, what are you waiting for? Get busy; you have a lot of work to do!
3. The world always looks better through clean windows. Fall is the perfect time to enjoy the glorious colors of the outdoors even when you’re indoors. Fill a new spray bottle with a solution of 50% water and 50% vinegar to cut through the greasy, grimy film that accumulates on window glass. Shake well, spray, wipe dry and enjoy a shine that dazzles.
4. Clean up your email. Fall is also the perfect time to go through and archive off all your older email messages so they don’t continue to clutter up your Inbox. Be sure to hit the delete button liberally! Try sorting by sender. You can often delete hundreds of emails at a time, if you do. Unsubscribe from mailing lists that are no longer of interest to you.
5. Clean up your desktop. If your desk is cluttered – or getting cluttered – take some time to clear things off and open up some physical and mental space for yourself. If your computer desktop suffers from the same affliction, invest some time, declutter your files and put them in folders so you can locate them again easily later on. And while you’re at it, blow the dust out of your computer so it doesn’t clog up the fan or keep the heat from dissipating correctly!
6. Get the urge to purge. If your file drawers are stuffed, it’s a good sign that it’s time to purge them. Squeezing more papers into a full file cabinet makes it more difficult to use. Try to keep at least 2 inches of space in each file drawer so that you can easily drop in new papers and take papers out. Also, go through your file cabinet (or file boxes) and remove any empty folders. You will likely gain 10-20% more file space, if you do. Putting a specific “DISPOSE AFTER” date on the top of each piece of paper before you file it will make purging your files a breeze.
7. Create a nuturing kitchen. Clear the clutter off the counters. Clean out the fridge. Reorganize the cabinets. Make sure you have a nice spot to nourish yourself and your family.
8. Move out the old to welcome in the new. Go through your medicine cabinet and toss all the medicines that have expired. Donate your finished summer reading to a local library or hospital. Go through your clothes closet and as you’re making the switch from warm to cold weather wear, take the time to put clothing aside you are no longer love or wear and give it away.
9. Rethink your linen closet. Keep only the sheets, towels and blankets you actually use. Donate everything else – if it is still in good condition – to someone in need, a charity or a local thrift store.
10. Start some new Fall habits. Check your emergency water and food supplies and make sure you have a non-electric can opener. Clean out your car and check the tire pressure, which changes at different temperatures. Flip your mattress to prevent a groove from sleeping in the same spot.
Now open the windows and enjoy the delightfully cool and refreshing breezes of Fall blowing through your newly organized home!